Russia reports record coronavirus deaths for second day in a row

Russia reports 669 coronavirus deaths over the past 24 hours, a record number of fatalities for the second day in a row, according to a government tally.

The country is grappling with a spike of infections spurred by the highly infectious Delta variant, and President Vladimir Putin is expected to address the surge in cases during a televised phone-in session with Russians set to begin later today.

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